October 1, 2018
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While emergency providers are trained in the management of difficult airways, there are times when added multidisciplinary expertise can be essential to ensuring a good outcome. To address these instances, some medical centers have established rapid response teams that will come to the bedside of patients with known difficult airways or new complications that make airway access problematic.
Researchers from the CDC report that STD diagnoses are at the highest they have ever been in the United States, signaling what some are calling a public health crisis.
Although the CDC recommends frontline providers use a targeted screening strategy for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), some EDs are finding that nontargeted approaches are more effective at uncovering new infections. Further, investigators note there is a new surge in HCV infections among younger people that is associated with the opioid epidemic. Such individuals often are reluctant to disclose their use of injectable drugs or other behaviors that put them at risk for HCV.
New research suggests that antibiotic-resistant infections remain a challenging problem, leaving frontline providers with few options when tried-and-true medicines fail to knock out invading bacteria.